Things Muni would never do: beer tram

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Photo by The Japan Times

Who cares about the many bars near Muni Metro stops when you’re enjoying a beer from inside the Muni Metro vehicle?

That dream is a reality for residents of Nagasaki, Japan.

Once a year for the last 20 years, a private company has run a tram along city tracks, offering its passengers drinks both alcoholic and non.

With counter seats facing the windows, passengers are allowed to drink all they want from a range of alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, and even enjoy a meal. The car will run the Nagasaki city tracks once a day until Sept. 20.

Since the streetcar fleet offering a “refreshing beer” debuted more than 20 years ago, the service has grown in popularity, prompting the firm to extend the run by 20 days.

A beer would surely help during those insufferable Metro tunnel delays. But I guess we just can’t have nice things?

h/t Jeremy Whiteman (to the Muni Diaries Facebook page)



  1. Dexter Wong

    Maybe not Muni, but last year the San Francisco Beer Festival did charter the boat tram on a tour of downtown bars, starting Twin Peaks in the Castro.

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  2. A Vuncular

    Don’t try it unless they have onboard facilities to deal with the consequences. You don’t buy beer, you only rent it.

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  3. The back of the 49 Van Ness on school days is sometimes a cannabis bus.

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